There’s a lot to say about this Dior Homme collection. After Kris Van Assche’s collections for the brand, this was a breath of fresh air. It was a collection inspired by Christian Dior’s private life and creative output. Bringing a feminine couture identity into menswear collections, Kim Jones included some of the most luxurious fabrics. A perfect example of those fabrics is Toile de Jouy, which was chosen for the original boutique at 30 Avenue Montaigne in 1947.
As for the shapes, Jones created a new Dior jacket, the tailleur oblique, executed in a featherweight cashmere and summer mohair. It wraps the body in a diagonal line, a subtle reference to the shape of Dior’s Fall 1950 collection. The floral motives were also a hint to monsieur Dior himself. Combining tradition with modernity, the British-born designer fuses references to haute couture with sportswear.
A royal affair
The Dior Homme Spring/Summer 2019 runway show was opened by Nikolai of Denmark. In a recent Instagram post, the designer explained it was a tribute to his late mother who was Danish. This was the second time for the Young royal-turned-male model to walk a show – he had previously walked one Burberry show.
Other than the fact that an actual royal opened the show, it all had something royal to it. By implementing couture vibes, the collection had a very luxurious feel to it. Unlike Abloh at Louis Vuitton, Jones’ didn’t go the streetwear way. The lace Dior logo tops were just beyond amazing and a perfect mix between couture materials and sportswear influences.